This year is shaping up to be a stellar year for Twitter hoaxes. The latest addition happened last night when Fidel Castro became a trending topic on Twitter as reports of his death reverberated across the social media site. There was even a night-vision quality pic of the former Cuban leader tucked into a casket.
Realistically, with the number of times that Castro has been declared dead and then alive again, he might very well be the most successful communist vampire ever. Regardless of whether Castro was dead or not did not deter Tweeters from taking to the Twitter.
CONFIRMED: Fidel Castro is dead.
Told my dad about the rumor Fidel Castro was dead. "He's probably been dead a long time & they've just been doing 'Weekend at Bernie's.'"
Fidel Castro se rie sobre el rumor de su muerte.Mas de 700 veces fue intentado ser asesinado por la CIA.
Consensus is that Castro is still alive.
Fidel Castro needs to prove he is not dead by getting a) on Twitter, and b) into a Twitter flamewar with Rupert Murdoch.
Well I can't be bothered to wait up and see if Castro's alive or dead. Someone shout if Gloria Estefan's wheeled out as the 'Famous Cuban'.
Siempre se van los mejores Gadafi, Kim Jong-il, Fidel Castro... pero siempre permanece Justin Bieber!!!
Fidel Castro as Schroedinger's Cat. Offcially, both dead AND alive...
He's dead! He's alive! He's dead! He's alive! Basically, rinse and repeat those sentiments and you have summarized sixty years of political speculation on the subject. It's worth noting that Wikileaks Argentina repeatedly posted that Castro was dead despite contrary reports that he was still alive. No word on yet on why they're so insistent that he's dead but as of 54 minute ago they were still saying this is confirmed. Either they've got the scoop of the decade or they're really betting the farm on the hope that they're right.
Since 2011 was such a bad year for dictators around the world, it would be fitting that Castro would want 2012 all to himself. Why start sharing in death when that virtue was roundly ignored during his life? Alas, such questions are for idle minds as Fidel Castro is actually still among the living. At least, that's what Cuba's official blog is saying. In fact, according to the post, upon being told of his premature demise Castro "studied, analyzed and then laughed at the rumors on Twitter." Good to see the old bearded one's enjoying the exaggerated reports of his death.
In fact, what makes this less funny is that Euronews has speculated that the Castro death hoax may even be a devious method to spread some malware. So, while it's fun to continue speculate on the death of Cuba's iconic despot, enjoy with caution as you might end up getting your computer pwned in the process.